Kyiv label Kashtan share mini LP from Ukrainian artist Monoconda
The mini-LP, titled Identity, was recorded by the Monoconda at the beginning of 2022, a month before the war started in Ukraine.
Made up of seven tracks, the release ruminates on the imminence of what was about to happen in the country, as well as themes of time, identity and clarity.
Musically the tracks are a meeting of IDM, electronica, dub-techno, experimental and ambient, but the way in which Monoconda employs these influences blurs genre boundaries – a characteristic that the label, Kashtan, put a lot of focus on.
Speaking about the climate surrounding the release’s recording, Monoconda says: “When life hits you with all its fury — you immediately start to understand things a bit better. You understand the meaning and the importance of your home, your nature as a human being and a personality as well. When the war hit Ukraine — things became black, white and clear at that very moment. Your identity comes out of a crisis of your personality, your consciousness makes some huge transformations in a very short period of time. War, despite all of its fears and horrors, death and devastation, speeds up a lot of processes. Whether they are economical, political or social. When you realize that tomorrow may not come — you start to move a bit faster.”
Monoconda is the alias of Kyiv-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound producer and live performer Oleksandr Filonenko. As well as making music for commercials, theatre and public spaces, his interest in electronic music has led to two releases, Alphabet in 2018 and Low Light, which was recorded during the pandemic isolation.
Kashtan is the label of Vera Logdanidi, co-founder of Kyiv party series Rhythm Büro and Natura festival. The philosophy is to share music that focuses on pure creativity, neverminding shifts in trends and time. Vera’s radio show of the same name has been running since 2017 on Kyiv independent project 20ft Radio.
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